A ferry pulls into the ‘south dock’ at the north end of Ocracoke Island. Photo: C. Leinbach

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MANNS HARBOR – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has released the 2018 route schedules here.

While similar to the 2017 schedules in terms of level of service, the Division was able to eliminate a limited number of low-ridership departures, saving taxpayers a total of $100,000 in reduced fuel costs.

The changes are as follows:

  • Elimination of four runs on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route during January and February
  • Elimination of the final daily run on the Currituck-Knotts Island route

In addition, the Currituck-Knotts Island route will close between June 7 and Aug. 6 next year only in order to perform needed renovations on ferry docks and terminals.

“Every year, we assemble our schedules after careful analysis of ridership levels and consultation with local stakeholders,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “These new schedules manage to give us some cost savings and make the Ferry Division more efficient, while maintaining the levels of service that residents and visitors have come to rely on.”

The system-wide 2018 North Carolina Ferry Schedule can be viewed and downloaded on the Ferry Division website.

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